Lionheart Undisputed

Lionheart Undisputed
B movies are formulaic and full of awful dialogue and acting. Similarly, Lionheart's newest album, Undisputed, lacks originality and is rife with cheesy lyrics, such as, "Pit-bull mentality" or, "They said I'd be a lifer, forever locked up," but the execution is so flawless, you'd be hard-pressed to critically pan it. The album, a spiritual successor to 2011's Built on Struggle, both thematically and sonically, is an excellent emulation of the metal-influenced hardcore sound popularized by Hatebreed. But whereas Hatebreed have fallen off, Lionheart are carrying the torch proudly for the sound. Though there's nothing groundbreaking, "Lifer," "End of My Rope," "Better Days" and their ilk contain all the requisite breakdowns, build-ups and two-steps. On Undisputed, Lionheart are undisputedly at the top of their game, if not the top of the genre. It's an accomplishment made even more impressive considering they came "from the bottom," as the title track states. (Mediaskare)